The alleged incompetence of President Muhammadu Buhari in managing the country has been blamed for the general insecurity plaguing Nigeria.
This submission was made by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the wake of the attack by bandit terrorists on the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) on Tuesday morning.
It will be recalled that unknown gunmen in the early hours of Tuesday, breached the security of the NDA, killed two military officers and escaped into the bush with another abducted officer.
Reacting to the incident, the PDP in a statement on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan said the President and his party – the All Progressives Congress (APC) have failed Nigerians.
It lamented that criminals are now having a free party in the country and both the government and security forces have been unable to checkmate them.
Apart from the NDA attack, the opposition party also said the escalating tension in Plateau State which has resulted in the closedown and evacuation of students from the University of Jos is a worrisome development.
The opposition party said the APC and President Buhari have made Nigeria worse than it was when they took over in 2015.
“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the decision by some state governments to evacuate their citizens from violence and terror-ridden states, including Plateau state, further confirms that Nigerians have lost faith in the capacity of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration to secure the nation,” the statement reads.
“The party laments that the insecurity situation has so deteriorated under President Buhari and the APC’s incompetent and compromising watch that suspected bandits now have the temerity to attack military formations, including the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna, where they killed two officers and abducted another senior officer.
“Bandits and terrorists are now freely ravaging our communities in Kano, Kaduna, Kogi, Benue, Zamfara, Adamawa, Taraba, Borno, Yobe, Imo and other states of the federation, including Mr. President’s home state, Katsina, where the governor, Aminu Bello Masari, has now asked victims of terror attacks to defend themselves.
“It is distressing that having lost hope in the capacity and commitment of the President Buhari-led APC administration to protect their citizens, state governments are now sending vehicles to the University of Jos, Plateau state, to evacuate their citizens. This shows their complete loss of confidence in the APC administration and the empty promises by the Buhari Presidency.
The PDP while calling on Nigerians to hold the President and his party responsible for the challenges in the country, added that it is unfortunate that the leaders are not concerned about the peoples’ welfare but are more interested in amassing and lavishing the commonwealth of the nation.
“It is even more disheartening that while our nation is under turmoil and while hundreds of helpless Nigerians, including innocent students, are languishing in kidnappers’ den, President Buhari and APC leaders are more interested in their lavish funfair with state-owned resources and facilities.
“Our party notes that violence and acts of terrorism had escalated across the country due to the incompetence and compromises of the Buhari administration as well as its refusal to heed wise counsel from well-meaning Nigerians, including the PDP on how to secure and stabilize the nation.”
The PDP asked Nigerians to “hold the APC directly responsible for the escalated acts of terrorism in our country as history will continue to mark this administration for its mass failure in governance and for plunging our nation into the worst form of hardship and suffering ever”.